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CUE Will Honor 12 Education Heroes at Annual Conference

March 18, 2015

Palm Springs, California, Wednesday, March 18, 2015 – CUE will honor 12 outstanding Ed Tech professionals during its annual conference in Palm Springs, March 19-21, 2015. These individuals are being recognized for infusing curriculum with technology, for leading through innovation, and for continually finding creative ways to help students succeed. The 2015 award recipients are as follows:



The Gold Disk is CUE's oldest recognition program. Since 1983, recipients who have received this honor have been recognized for their contributions to CUE and to technology in education. Gold Disks are intended to celebrate member contributions of time and talent to CUE.


Diane Main | Director of Learning, Innovation and Design at The Harker SchoolGoldAward_JKosako_picture.jpg

“The @SVCUE President, Communication Committee leader and high school director of learning, Diane Main has been crucial to CUE for 2 decades”


James Kosako | K-12 computer and staff development coordinator for Hillcrest Christian School, Thousand Oaks, CA

“A founding member of @SGVCUE, James Kosako is a staff development coordinator and CUE’s unofficial ‘Raffle Coordinator’”




TILL Awards recognize local, state and national leaders in educational technology. Members of the broader educational technology community (not necessarily members of CUE) are eligible for recognition in this category for their contributions to advancing the mission of the organization.


Dr. Katherine Hayden | Associate Professor of Educational Technology at California State University San Marcos                   


“Teacher, administrator, board president, author, consultant, grant writer & evaluator, Dr. Katherine Hayden is a passionate ed tech role model”




CUE's Platinum Disks are presented to members of the educational technology community who have made significant ongoing contributions to the advancement of technology in education. CUE members (and others in extraordinary circumstances) who have made outstanding and continuing contributions to CUE and help to accomplish its mission and goals can be nominated to receive the Platinum Disk. Platinum Disks are awarded rarely and only in recognition of career-long contributions to educational technology, CUE, its affiliates and mission.Platinum_Larsen_headshot_0.jpg

  • Kurt Larsen | Senior Research Associate, WestEd

While accepting in absentia, Kurt Larsen is humbled by his nomination, which he received for his 20 years service in furthering CUE’s vision”

Brian Bridges | Director, eLearning Strategies SymposiumPlatinum-Bridges-Headshot.jpg

“Since 1983, Brian Bridges has presented, written standards, and founded the California eLearning Census & the eLearning Strategies Symposium”PlatDisk_Carey.jpg

Mac Carey | Chief Technology Officer at Contra Costa County Office of Education    

“Sending his regrets, Mac Carey is CTO at the Contra Costa County Office of Education and a pillar of tech support for CUE”




The Legislative Advocacy Award is presented to any members of the state and/or federal legislature and/or their staffs or other designated persons who have made sustained and/or extraordinary efforts to promote the educational use of technology to advance student achievement through legislation.

LegAdvocacy_Baker_Headshot.jpgRowland Baker | Executive Director of the Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL)


Rowland Baker is a tireless advocate for education technology and a cornerstone of the LEAD3 conference and Leading Edge Certification”





This award recognizes a classroom teacher who in the first seven years of his or her teaching career has already made a noteworthy contribution to educational technology in a classroom setting.OustandingEmergingTeacher_VanWilgen_Headshot.jpeg


Nichole Van Wilgen | Teacher, Union Middle


“Veteran presenter and 1:1 Chromebooks teacher Nicole Van Wilgen has become a model teacher for integrating technology in the classroom”



This award recognizes a classroom teacher who has made a sustained and/or noteworthy contribution to educational technology in a classroom setting. Creating standards-based curriculum using technology is the key element in this award. Nominees must be classroom teachers and CUE members in good standing.

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Jessica Pack | 6th grade teacher, Palm Springs Unified


“2014 California Teacher of the Year & Palm Springs local Jessica Pack thanks her students whom she says are the heartbeat of Room 208”






Site Leader of the Year is CUE’s newest award and recognizes a school site principal or assistant principal (or equivalent) who has made a noteworthy contribution to promoting educational technology within his or her school. Recipients must demonstrate the following:

  • Strong support for the belief that all students will excel academically

  • Exceptional leadership in finding ways that technology benefits teaching and learning

  • Building staff morale or the learning environment

  • A commitment to educational quality and student achievement

  • A commitment to professional growth.



Anne Jenks | Principal of McKinna Elementary School, Oxnard, CA


“Anne Jenks has transformed her Title I School’s tech use with mobile devices and helped turn students from digital consumers into creators”





Making IT Happen is an internationally recognized awards program for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation and is coordinated by the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE).GM_0.jpg


Gerald McMullin  | Coordinator, Assessment, Intervention, Instructional Technology, Castro Valley Unified School District


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Eileen Walters | Contra Costa County Instructional Technology Specialist

Those winners marked with an ‘*’ above have been submitted for consideration to the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) for similar awards. ISTE will announce its winners at its annual conference in Philadelphia, PA June 28 through July 1, 2015.


CUE thanks these educational heroes and their nominators for inspiring us with their innovations, their creativity and their integration of technology into curriculum and the educational process. For more information, please go to www.cue.org/awards.


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About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE's work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. | www.cue.org